Stellenbosch might be the one wine region in South Africa that casual wine drinkers can mention with little to no prompting. When you are the Napa/Bordeaux/Tuscany of your county, you best be able to produce great wines in sufficient quantity to fuel the supply and demand wheel. Outsiders are looking in to see what wines you make in your local style that are worthy of cellaring as one measuring stick.
The De Morgenzon Chenin Blanc fits both of those criterion, top quality and ageing potential. Chenin Blanc is emerging as the Stellenbosch white, and both of these vintages demonstrate a common theme, but enough difference to show that each vintage will present the wine maker a dynamic set of opportunities to time stamp his/her wine.
De Morgenzon Chenin Blanc 2007.
Smelling of citrus and floral notes as you would expect there was a nice refreshing fragrance I will call hay: my happy medium between wet grass and dry straw. (All apologies to feed grass odour specialists if I am employing an incorrect interpretation of hay) Maturity showed itself in the gulp. The citrus did carry through and a wonderful vanilla and crème brûlée wrapped around the tongue. Perhaps an hommage to the grapes French heritage. (Go ahead and read the italicized words with a Parisian accent, I dare you.)
De Morgenzon Chenin Blanc 2010
Still a young wine, the citrus was the consistent olfactory sensation from the older sister. Little sister is also more earthy fragranced. The gulp has apple and an overall crisp a texture. Will that crispness give way to the cream in three years time like the older? I hope to see…
For the 2007 I am going to matching it with lady crooner Alice Roby signing Babalu, her voice is mature, thick and creamy. Enjoy this vintage recording.
Moving up to 2010, with the crisper expression I am going a voice that is younger, a bit crisper and with some earthy tones. Jill Barber does her best Bond Girl imitation in Tell Me. Cheers.